Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings – 6/14/24 Depth Chart

Breakdowns of key bullpen usage from yesterday's slate of games.

Welcome back to the latest edition of our Reliever Ranks series! This will bring you up-to-date bullpen depth charts every morning for the day’s games and makes for an excellent tool for those looking to stream saves or wins. This series runs seven days a week, so check in every morning to get your daily bullpen fix!




Transactions and Schedule


  • There were 11 games on Thursday with TOR, CLE, HOU, CIN, MIL, COL, SDP, and SFG all getting the day off.
  • Edwin Díaz was activated from the 15-day injured list and was immediately thrust into action in a close game.
  • The Pirates activated Dennis Santana and put him right to work.


Yesterday’s Performances


ATL 6 – BAL 3

HD: Joe Jiménez (14)

SV: Raisel Iglesias (17)

  • Atlanta was living the dream. Six quality innings from their starter, Reynaldo López, and then straight to the heart of their bullpen. Pierce Johnson ended up allowing 3 runs, but Joe Jiménez got his 14th hold, and Raisel Iglesias notched his 17th save to secure the win for ReyLo. Weird. I just had déjà vu. Almost like nearly the exact same sequence happened a week ago.
  • Bryan Baker and Jacob Webb combined for 2.1 scoreless innings, but Cionel Pérez allowed two runs to keep Atlanta ahead for good.


DET 7 – WSN 2

HD: None

SV: None

  • Shelby Miller got hit with the classic blown save / win combo after allowing one run in 1.1 innings, following up a solid start from Casey MizeThe Tigers really opened up the scoring after, dropping a five spot in the bottom of the seventh to put holds and saves out of reach, but Tyler Holton and Andrew Chafin still got the work in and kept it scoreless, with Chafin striking out the side. This was Miller’s 3rd consecutive appearance with a blown save and it makes you wonder if there might be a change in the order of things going forward.
  • Detroit fought Derek Law and Derek Law did not win. He actually lost.


KCR 4 – NYY 3

HD: Luke Weaver (9)

SV: None

  • I guess success wasn’t written into the stars for John Schreiber today, who came in for the eighth inning and presumably a hold before allowing three runs (only one earned thanks to a leadoff HR) and walked away with his second blown save of the season. Luckily for him, Angel Zerpa bailed him out of the inning (although he did allow an inherited runner to score), the offense bailed him out of a loss, and James McArthur took home the win with a scoreless ninth.
  • That Yankees bullpen sure is solid, I mean — oh shoot, Clay Holmes, what are you doing?! Holmes allowed two runs on a pair of singles and a double and wound up with his fourth blown save of the season, and second loss, all the while ballooning his ERA to… oh. 1.80. Yankees bullpen USUALLY good.


STL 4 – PIT 3

HD: Matthew Liberatore (2), Ryan Fernandez (2)

SV: Andrew Kittredge (1)


TBR 3 – CHC 2

HD: Colin Poche (5)

SV: Pete Fairbanks (9)

  • Always nice to get seven innings from a starter so you can just send out your two best relievers and lock things down. Ok, maybe Colin Poche isn’t one of those guys so far this year, but with two lefties due up he handled the eighth for his fifth hold while Pete Fairbanks got his ninth save of the season in his first opportunity in just over a week.
  • Not nice to get six scoreless innings from your starter and then the first guy out of the bullpen coughs up the lead. That goat in this one would be Mark Leiter Jr. who allowed three runs in only two-thirds of an inning, taking his second blown save and fourth loss of the season. Leiter Jr. had an excellent start to the season, but over the past month he was allowed 13 earned runs in 9.1 innings of work to the tune of an 11.57 ERA and 1.82 WHIP.


BOS 9 – PHI 3

HD: None

SV: Brad Keller (1)

  • After six innings from Tanner Houck, it was Brad Keller who took the ball to close out the game and earn the 3-out save. And the rest of the bullpen rejoiced. yay.
  • The Red Sox pounced all over Aaron Nola in this one, tagging him for eight runs in 3.2 innings, so the Phillies bullpen had to get a few extra outs. Despite the five-run lead at the time, Philly still deployed several of their normal save/hold hierarchy since they hadn’t pitched in four days, with Jeff Hoffman and Orion Kerkering both making an appearance.


NYM 3 – MIA 2

HD: Calvin Faucher (5), Anthony Bender (7)

SV: None

  • Well, well… look who’s back. Edwin Díaz got the win in his return to action after J.D. Martinez hit his first career walk-off HR. This was kind of a low-high leverage situation for Díaz to return to in that it wasn’t a save situation, but it was a close game. Also of note: Díaz was sitting 98 on his fastball in this one, up about a tick and half for the season. We’ll have to wait and see if he gets the next save chance, or if he will still be eased back into the role.
  • On the other side of things, Tanner Scott was the one who served up Martinez game winning dinger and was saddled with the loss as a result. This was Scott’s fifth loss of the season, and second blown save. After a rough start to the season, Scott hadn’t allowed an earned run in nearly two months, dating back to April 14th!


MIN 6 – OAK 2

HD: None

SV: None

  • Griffin Jax got in an inning of scoreless work after the Twins had just pushed the lead to four. Jorge Alcala followed with a scoreless ninth and that was pretty much it.
  • Oakland was trailing for most of the game, so they looked to Vinny Nittoli and Sean Newcomb to not let things get further away. Nittoli succeeded, Newcomb did not.


CHW 3 – SEA 2 (10)

HD: John Brebbia (8)

SV: Tanner Banks (2)

  • Great job saving, Mr. Banks. After Michael Kopech blew the save in the ninth (his fourth BS of the season) on a Julio Rodríguez home run, it was Tanner Banks who got the chance in the 10th and he delivered for his second save of the season. Kopech ended up with his second win of the season at least and John Brebbia got his eighth hold.
  • Andrés Muñoz got the call in a tie game in extra innings and he could not hold things down, taking the loss on a one-out groundout. Not exactly an indictment of Muñoz, more a case of the White Sox executing some nice extra innings small ball.


ARI 11 – LAA 1

HD: Kevin Ginkel (3)

SV: None

  • Kevin Ginkel snuck in for a hold in the seventh before the game really got out of hand and then it was time for Paul Sewald to pitch (because he hadn’t pitched in a week).
  • The Angels lost by 10 runs, and everyone chipped in to make that happen, but Hunter Strickland really “helped” the most with his three earned runs in 0 innings of work. The Angels are not a serious team.


TEX 3 – LAD 1

HD: David Robertson (14)

SV: Kirby Yates (3)

  • David Robertson locked down his 14th hold of the season, earning all of his outs via the strikeout and then Kirby Yates did the same in the ninth for his 10th save of the season.
  • Oh, a bullpen game. Everyone loves those. You know what a bullpen game gets you? Not a win, usually. Not a rested bullpen. When it’s a bullpen game, we all lose. Ok, I guess starters get some extra rest… but you know what else can get a starter rest? Another starter taking their spot. Honestly, most of the bullpen guys did their part with the back end of Blake Treinen, Alex Vesia, and Evan Phillips keeping things scoreless. Maybe not the best bullpen game example to rant against the idea, but whatever they still lost. Phillips has now gone nearly two weeks without a save…


Bullpen Depth Charts




Also, if you’re looking for a detailed list or ranking of RPs, check out Rick Graham’s weekly pieces:

The Hold Up: Ranking the Top 100 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Closing Time: Ranking the Top 30 Closers

Top 100 Relievers for Save+Hold Leagues

Josh Mockensturm

Josh is an Ohio Born, North Carolina residing Boston Red Sox fan thanks to his mom (and her love of Wade Boggs). If he's not watching or reading about baseball, he's probably watching a movie, reading a book, or making a dumb spreadsheet about Baseball, movies, or books.

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